PSL : Pirates Legend Jerry Sikhosana and Current Captain Happy Jele back Eric Tinkler

PSL  : Pirates Legend Jerry Sikhosana and Current Captain Happy Jele back Eric Tinkler

Eric Tinkler gets the backing of Happy Jele and Jerry Sikhosana

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Orlando Pirates has had another dismal season, a trophyless season

Orlando Pirates under Coach Eric Tinkler reached the CAF Confederation Cup final and the Nedbank Cup but failed to win both of them.

The Nedbank Cup was to serve as a consolidation to the Buccaneers as it would have opened a door for them to compete in the same CAF Confederation Cup.

But on the day of the final SuperSport United wherein a mean mood as they disposed Pirates by 3 -2 at Peter Mokaba Stadium to claim that targeted spot

Many in the soccer fraternity have put the blame on the mentor’s tactics

But Jerry Sikhosane disagrees with many and says Tinkler can’t be blamed

“You cannot fault Tinkler‚”

“Fatigue took its toll on players and they lost key players such as Oupa Manyisa and Happy Jele to injuries – therefore blaming the coach is rather unfair.”

“The only thing needed at Pirates‚ he added‚ was bolstering the goalkeeping and centre-back departments for Bucs fans to be “happy people” again. he concluded as he spoke to Sowetan

Sikhosana was confident that Tinkler would do better next season if given the opportunity.

The Nedbank Cup and CAF Confederation cup finalist’s captain Happy Jele said he hope that Tinkler stays longer.

The current captain felt that the current coach who contracts comes to an end the end of June should be given support and time by the buccanners supporter.

The captain said that he thinks that the blame for the team’s woes must rather be shifted towards the players.

“I honestly believe that he (Tinkler) is a very good coach and he deserves to be at the helm of the team,” the 29-year-old Jele insisted.

“And we as players support him every day and we also respect him.

“I just wish everyone would stop putting the blame on him and start blaming us players, because we are the ones to blame, not him.

“We are the ones playing all the time and keep letting the team down, but that’s football.

“I really wish that the club would give him another chance to prove himself.” concluded as he told News24

The message of support comes as rumuors grow that former Nigerian Coach Steven Keshi is a top runner in be appointed the Buccanner’s new coach